Bengali Market got its name from its builder, a Bengali businessman by the name of Mal Lohia, who commissioned the market in 1930. It is no longer a market in the sense that the INA or Sarojini markets are, but a shopping precinct centred on a small roundabout.
Bengali market is famous for its eating places serving chaat, North Indian fast food. Far different from Western-style junk food, chaat involves pieces of crispy fried dough served with a variety of diced vegetables, pulses such as chickpeas, cooked in a melange of spices and all served with delectable sauces or yoghurt.
The best known restaurants here are Nathu’s, the Bengali Sweet House and Nathu’s Pastry Shop. Try aloo tikki, bathura chhole, samosas, pakoras, bhel puri or a host of other savoury dishes and then follow up with some Indian sweets like gulab jamun, malpua or burfi – all washed down with a glass of lassi (sweet or salted).